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Did oft beset me round;
Yet, by his boundless pow'r sustain'd,
I did their strength confound.
They swarm'd like bees, and yet their rage
Was but a short-liv'd blaze;
For whilst on God I still rely'd,
I vanquish'd them with ease.
When all united press'd me hard,
In hopes to make me fall,
The Lord vouchsaf’d to take my part,
And save me from them all.
The honour of my strange escape
To him alone belongs;
He is my Saviour and my strength,
Hé only claims my songs.
Joy fills the dwelling of the just,
Whom God has sav'd from harm;
For wondrous things are brought to pass
By his Almighty arm.
He, by his own resistless pow'r,
Has endless honour won;
The saving strength of his right hand
Amazing works has done.
God will not suffer me to fall,
But still prolongs my days;
That by declaring all his works,
I may advance his praise.
When God has sorely me chastis'd,
Till quite of hopes bereav'd,
His mercy from the gates of death.
My fainting life repriev'd.
Then open wide the temple-gates,
That I may enter in, and praise
My great Deliv'rer there.
20, 21 Within those gates of God’s abode,.
To which the righteous press,
Since thou hast heard, and set me safe,
Thy holy Name I'll bless.
Is now the corner stone ;
This is the wondrous work of God,
The work of God alone.
24, 25 This day is God's ; let all the land
Exalt their cheerful voice ;
Lord, we beseech thee, save us now,
And make us still rejoice.
Him that approaches in God's Name,
Flet all th’ assembly bless;
* We that belong to God's own house
“Have wish'd you good success.”
God is the Lord, through whom we all
Both light and comfort find ;
Fast to the altar's horn, with cords,
The chosen victim bind.
Thou art my Lord, O God, and still
I'll praise thy holy Name :
Because thou only art my God,
I'll celebrate thy fame.
O then with me give thanks to God,
Who still does gracious prove ;
And let the tribute of our praise
Be endless as his love.
OW bless'd are they who always keep
The pure and perfect way !
Who never from the sacred paths
Of God’s commandments stray !
How bless'd who to his righteous laws
Have still obedient been .
And have with fervent humble zeal
His favour sought to win
Such men their utmost caution use
To shun each wicked deed ;
But in the path which he directs
With constant care proceed.
4 Thou strictly hast enjoin'd us, Lord.
To learn thy sacred will ;
And all our diligence employ
Thy statutes to fulfill.
5 O then that thy most holy will
Might o'er my ways preside,
And I the course of all my life
By thy direction guide :
5 Then with assurance should I walk,
From all confusion free ;
Convinc'd, with joy, that all my ways
With thy commands agree.
7 My upright heart shall my glad mouth
With cheerful praises fill;
When by thy righteous judgments taught,
I shall have learnt thy will.
3 So to thy sacred laws shall I
All due observance pay;
O then forsake me not, my God,
Nor cast me quite away.
9 How shall the young preserve their ways,
From all pollution free ?
By making still their course of life
With thy commands agree.
10 With hearty zeal for thee I seek,
To thee for succour pray;
O suffer not my careless steps
From thy right paths to stray.
11 Safe in my heart, and closely hid,
Thy word, my treasure lies;
To succour me with timely aid,
When sinful thoughts arise.
12 Secur’d by that, my grateful soul
Shall ever bless thy Name ;
O teach me then by thy just laws-
My future life to frame.
13 My lips, unlock'd by pious zeal,
To others have declar'd
How well the judgments of thy mouth
Deserve our best regard.
14 Whilst in the way of thy commands
- Mare solid joy I found,
Than had I been with vast increase
Of envy'd riches crown'd.
15 Therefore thy just and upright laws
Shall always fill my mind ;
And those sound rules, which thou prescrib'st.
All due respect shall find.
16 To keep thy statutes undefac’d
Shall be my constant joy;
The strict remembrance of thy word
Shall all my thoughts employ.
17 Be gracious to thy servant, Lord,
Do thou my life defend,
That I, according to thy word,
My future time may spend.
18 Enlighten both my eyes and mind,
That so I may discern
The wondrous works which they behold,
Who thy just precepts learn.
19 Though, like a stranger in the land,
From place to place I stray,
Thy righteous judgments from my sight
Renuove not thou away. -
20 My fainting soul is almost pin'd,
With earnest longing spent,
Whilst always on the eager search
Of thy just will intent. -
21 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud.
Whom still thy curse pursues;
Since they to walk in thy right ways
22 But far from me do thou, O Lord,
Contempt and shame remove ;
For I thy sacred laws affect
With undissembled love.
23 Though princes oft, in council met,
Against thy servant spake;
Yet I thy statutes to observe
My constant bus’ness make.
24 For thy commands have always been
My comfort and delight
By them. I learn, with
To guide my step
If thou wilt make me know thy laws,
And by their guidance walk,
The wondrous works which thou hast done
Shall be my constant talk.
But see, my soul within me sinks,
Press'd down with weighty care ;-
Do thou, according to thy word,
My wasted strength repair.
Far, far from me be all false ways
And lying arts remov’d ;
But kindly grant I still may keep
The path by thee approv’d.
Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth,
My happy choice I’ve made ;
Thy judgments, as my rule of life
Before me always laid.
My care has been to make my life
With thy commands agree ;
O then preserve thy servant, Lord,
From shame and ruin free.
So in the way of thy commands
Shall I with pleasure run,
And, with a heart enlarg’d with joy,
Successfully go on,
Instruct me in thy statutes, Lord,
Thy righteous paths display;
And I from them, through all my life,
Will never go astray.
If thou true wisdom from above
Wilt graciously impart,
To keep thy perfect laws I will
Devote my zealous heart.
Direct me in the sacred ways
To which thy precepts lead;